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AIMS Ecosystem of Transformation/Barry Green


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Presented during the AOSP high-level meeting on 3-4 Sept. 2018, Pretoria, South Africa.

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AIMS Ecosystem of Transformation/Barry Green

  1. 1. AIMS Ecosystem of Transformation Prof. Barry Green African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) E X C E L L E N C E • R E S P E C T • PAN - AF R I C A N I S M • I N T E G R I T Y
  2. 2. The Value Proposition AIMS seeks to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training; technical advances and breakthrough discoveries; and strategic foresight and innovative policy design.
  3. 3. AIMS Impact: Centres of Excellence 6 Centres 1682 alumni from 43 countries of which 32% are women The AIMS Centre of Excellence offers the flagship, one-year structured Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences, which immerses students in a 24-hour learning environment that is collaborative, problems-based, independent and focused on STEM fields which address Africa’s socio-economicchallenges. Lecturers are drawn from the best international institutions and are recognized experts in their fields, including field medallists. Students are provided a broad training in mathematical sciences and given the opportunity to develop depth in an area of interest during the research project phase.
  4. 4. AIMS Impact: Centres of Excellence
  5. 5. Prof. Peter Grindrod: Data Analytics Dr Babette Döbrich: Introduction to Quantum Physics Prof. Vaughan Jones, Fields Medallist: Knot Theory Prof. Cedric Villani, Fields Medallist Dr Madeleine Cule, Google: Statistics and Probability Prof. Stephane Ouvry: Introduction to Random Systems, Information Theory, and related topics Ms Sagree Pillay, AIMSSEC alumnus and lecturer Prof. Sigrid Boege: Mathematical Problem Solving Prof. Montaz Ali: Discrete Optimization in Big Data Prof. Kinvi Kangni: Harmonic Analysis Prof. David Bekolle: Real and Complex analysis Dr Angelina Lutambi: Mathematical Epidemiology of Infectious diseases World-class international and local lecturers
  6. 6. AIMS Impact: AIMS Industry Initiative The AIMS Industry Initiative seeks to maximize the opportunities and potential for mathematical sciences to contribute to African economies through human capital, knowledge transfer and applied research for scientific and technological excellence. The initiative links mathematical sciences to the needs of industry as we focus on filling the skills gap in Africa through strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders. • Co-operative Master’s Programme in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, 89 students since 2016 (68 in Senegal, 11 in Cameroon, 10 in Rwanda) • AIMS-ESMT Industry Immersion Program hosted in South Africa, 25 students completed in 2017, 25 currently doing the program in 2018. • 220 internships have been facilitated since 2013 for both co-op students and alumni • Banking sector largest internship provider • In March 2018, begun process to create AIMS Industry Affiliation Program
  7. 7. AIMS Impact: AIMS Industry Initiative What's next: • Mathematical Sciences for Climate Change Internship Program - 10 Internship by July 2018 and 104 Internship by 2022 • AIMS – GSK Statistical Non-Communicable Diseases Internship Program, 12 internships will be provided over 3 years • 2018-2020: Diversifying pool of internship providers
  8. 8. AIMS Impact: AIMS Graduates Dr Tendai Mugwagwa Infectious disease modeller for Public Health England (PHE) and a visiting Research fellow at Imperial College, London Dr Martial Loth Ndeffo Mbah researcher in epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health Ms Tabitha Gathoni Mundia Associate Risk Officer, International Finance Corporation AIMS is making a contribution to global challenges Ms Alice Ikuzwe, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering specialising in solar energy systems and renewable energy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa Ms Clarisse Uwiseye Medical Physics Research, CFE Centre Grenoble, France Mr Jonathan Kwame Doku Implementations Officer,Itemate Solutions, Ghana Dr Hind Ahmed Postdoctoral Research Fellow (nanotechnology, applied physics and engineering), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland Dr Franck Kalala Mutombo Head of Research of the Science Faculty, University of Lubumbashi and Academic Director, AIMS Senegal. Dr Prosper Ngabonziza Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute For Solid State Research, Germany Dr Chika Yinka-Banjo University of Lagos, Department of Computer Sciences expertise in Artificial Intelligence Dr Guy Blaise Dongmo Nuclear Engineering, Eskom, South Africa
  9. 9. AIMS Impact: AIMS Research The vision of the Research at AIMS, which is being established, is to serve as a catalyst of human progress in Africa and beyond, through knowledge creation, translation (innovation), and dissemination. The Research Centres will provide an intellectual space for some of Africa’s and the world’s brightest minds, including Chairs, to conduct world-class research that advances the understanding of nature and of mathematics. Knowledge translation will be facilitated through innovation labs set up inside and outside the Centre’s premises. • Current 90 researchers across AIMS Network – 21 Researchers (8 female) – 40 PhD students (13 female) – 8 postdocs (1 female) – 17 resident researchers (5 female) – 7 chairs (1 female) • 350 publications published as of 2017 • 100 conferences as of 2017 • 340 visiting researchers as of 2017 • 3 Women in Climate Science Fellowship awarded May 2018 • 1 Innovation lab running in Ghana
  10. 10. Dr Gaston Mazandu, IDRC Joint Career Development Chair Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (AIMS South Africa and AIMS Ghana) Dr Wilfred Ndifon, Director of Research (AIMS-NEI) and Resident Researcher (AIMS South Africa) Dr Yabebal Fantaye, ARETÉ Junior Research Chair in Applied Statistical Methods, Cosmology and Big Data (AIMS South Africa) Dr Bubacarr Bah, German Research Chair Specialisation: Data Science (AIMS South Africa) Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, German Research Chair Specialisation: Stochastic Differential Equations, Malliavin Calculus, Financial Mathematics (AIMS Ghana) Prof. Mouhamed Fall, German Research Chair Specialisation: Geometric Partial Differential Equations (AIMS Senegal) Prof. Gisele Mophou, German Research Chair Specialisation: Control Theory and Calculus of Variations (AIMS Cameroon) Research: AIMS Researchers Prof. Bruce Bassett, Resident Researcher, Head of the Cosmology Group (AIMS South Africa) Prof. Cang Hui, South African Research Chair in Mathematical and Theoretical Physical Biosciences (AIMS South Africa) Prof. Ian Durbach, Resident Researcher, Statistics, Multi-Criteria, Optimisation (AIMS South Africa) Dr Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe, Resident Research (AIMS South Africa) Dr Michelle Lochner, Resident Research, Statistics and Machine Learning applied to Astronomy and Cosmology (AIMS South Africa) Dr Simukai Utete, Resident Research, Robotics (AIMS South Africa) Dr Prince Osei, Quantum Leap Africa Research Centre (Rwanda)
  11. 11. AIMS Impact: AIMS Research What's next: • Recruit 3 Chairs in Climate Science in Rwanda, at least 1 female • Recruitment of two Data Science Chairs Funded by the Carnegie Corporation • Recruitment ongoing for Chairs, postdocs, PhD students • Award of 5 new German Research Chairs at AIMS, through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation • Award 5 Climate Change Research Fellowships to female researchers • Award 4 small research grants in Climate Change Science
  12. 12. AIMS Impact: Quantum Leap Africa QLA is a centre of scientific research excellence at the leading edge of information science and technology. The aim of the centre is to rapidly position Africa as a leader in solving critical problems of development through cutting-edge research in data science, smart systems engineering and the emerging area of quantum information science and technology, a new frontier which many believe will drive the next global super cycle. The goal is to prepare Africa for the upcoming global transition to quantum technologies, unlock Africa’s scientific potential, and foster major discovery. • African Master's in Machine Intelligence launched at AIMS Rwanda in September 2018 • HIRAX Outrigger to be set up in Rwanda.
  13. 13. The Mathematics and Science Teachers Training Program in Rwanda is a five-year program (2018 to 2022) targeting in-service and pre-service teachers. The program is a collaborative effort between AIMS, University of Rwanda – College of Education (URCE) and Rwanda Education Board (REB) in close partnership with MasterCard Foundation Secondary Education Teachers Initiative (SETI) program. • More than 1835 teachers have completed the 3-month Mathematical Thinking course • Over 200 teachers, subject advisers and field trainers graduated from the 2-year Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) • Awarded UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers in 2012 AIMS Impact: Teacher Training Programs • 84 master trainers trained • 149 in-service teachers trained • 376 pre-service teachers trained • More than 30,000 students impacted • Plans in place to train 1772 in-service, 824 pre-service teachers = impacting 1 million secondary school students • 53 master trainers trained in Math and Science • 119 secondary school teachers and school subject leaders trained • Equip 30 schools piloting smart classrooms • Plans to train 1448 school subject leaders from 744 schools • Train over 3000 math and science teachers on gender sensitive pedagogy = improve performance of 200,000 girls and boys at secondary school
  14. 14. AIMS Impact: Teacher Training What's next: • In Cameroon, Training 1772 in-service, 824 pre-service teachers = impacting 1 million secondary school students • In Rwanda: • Equip 30 schools piloting smart classrooms • Train 1448 school subject leaders for math and science from 744 schools • Train over 3000 math and science teachers on gender sensitive pedagogy = improve performance of 200,000 girls and boys at secondary school • In South Africa, AIMS South Africa and ASSAf will host the CESAME (Centre for Education in Science for Africa the Mediterranean and Europe) within the next two years in collaboration with the foundation Foundation La main à la pâte in France. The CESAME will provide teacher training on inquiry based learning for science and mathematics in collaboration with like-minded institutions
  15. 15. NEF is a platform where topics are addressed strategically and holistically, with opportunities for cross fertilization. The forum includes the civil society as well as policy makers, scientists and industry leaders. The NEF has four pillars: The Global Gatherings, Policy Work, the Platform and the Community of Scientists. It also has two cross cutting commitments: to scientific excellence which speaks to both research and education and to gender equity. • 1st Global Gathering held in 2016 in Dakar, Senegal • 2nd edition held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2018 • Over 1500 participants • Over 90 countries • Over 75 institution • Launched Scientific African journal to showcase African research globally in partnership with Elseiver AIMS Impact: Next Einstein Forum
  16. 16. AIMS Impact: Next Einstein Forum What's next: • Africa Science Week in 33 countries in September and October 2018 • Annual Gathering of the NEF Community of Scientists and Scientific Programme Committee: March 2019 • NEF Africa Science and Innovation Index – unofficial first edition March 2019 • NEF Global Gathering 2020: March 2020 in Kenya
  17. 17. Questions & Answers